Nygren Wetlands

NYGREN WETLANDS by Dr. Karen Blake Ruffner Restore a species— Now whooping crane migration. Nygren Wetlands. Rest. Restoring prairie. Restoring prairie people. Souls rooted to land. Winter worn plantings. Sunshine warms wet earth below. Budding signals spring. Spring...

Burr Oak Valley Visit

BURR OAK VALLEY VISIT by Don Miller The creek was dry on my last visit, but it crates a watery division through the Valley during this stay. The rocks once again look like a friend describes them, “green-haired elves wet with moisture in an enchanted land.” The series...

Morning in the Wetlands

MORNING IN THE WETLANDS by Wilda Morris Looking for my lost self I walk the Wetlands path. A redwing’s quiet conk-la and its shrill reeee! Announce I’m trespassing. When I step too close to his mate’s nest, she chitters her tink, tink, tink, He flies in, a kamikaze...

The Benevolence

THE BENEVOLENCE by Christine Swanberg Believe in the benevolence of bees and bergamot beckoning hummingbirds. Hail the tiny ones who sail thousands of treacherous miles to return to us each year. Rely on the wisdom of crows who congregate on catalpa trees for their...

People of the Prairie

PEOPLE OF THE PRAIRIE Chelsea Peterson Young, old, and in-between, timid, clever, or bold, yet always wise, the prairie people cultivate life, collecting, counting, sorting, and spreading seed, planting, watering, and watching, often, pulling and killing, endlessly...
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